Thursday 12 February 2015

One Ticked Off The Bucket List; My Photoshoot with My Boudoir


Back in 2011 during my time in the Curvy Kate Star In A Bra competition I said if I got into the top 10 I'd buy a floor length red sequinned strapless gown and have a photoshoot as curvy cartoon icon Jessica Rabbit. I eventually bought the dress and occasionally tried it on, dreaming about one day being transformed into Ms Rabbit. 

A few years ago one particular photographer, My Boudoir caught my attention after Georgina of FullerFigureFullerBust shot with them. Their images are stunning, capturing the beauty of each and every subject to a tee. My Boudoir is a 3 woman team; two make-up artists (Sarah and Michelle) and Nicola. Last year My Boudoir ran a competition looking for a muse and if you're a regular reader you'll know I made it into the final selection. Sadly I missed out on being selected for a shoot, but Nicola very kindly gave the runners up a £50 voucher towards a shoot and I finally bit the bullet and used mine last week!

My day began at home having booked the day of work to prepare. I had a long bath to relax and remove any trace of stubble to look as flawless as I could possibly manage for my shoot. I packed my bag and before I knew it my boyfriend was at my door ready to whisk me up the M6 to Ramsbottom. 

At Nicola's door I was greeted with another beautiful lady getting the last of her hair and make-up tweaked by Sarah and Nicola's sweet little French Bulldogs Stan and Norman. I was even given an antihistamine as I mentioned I'm allergic to short haired dogs so I could cuddle them without having to worry about having a skin flare up! Those ladies look after you, believe me!

I had the pleasure of having my look perfected by Sarah, and found myself convinced she studied at Hogwarts Beauty School of Hair Witchcraft and Make up Wizardry! Honestly, that woman is a genius! I've never seen myself look so good (even if I do say so myself)! I was then whisked upstairs to Nicola's bedroom (AKA her studio) and helped into my outfit. Nicola promptly snapped away, posing me as she saw fit. I then gotout of my Jessica Rabbit outfit and into my birthday suit for a couple of 'implied nudes', one of which I was posed beneath a dusky lilac ostrich feather fan, which I knew would turn out spectacularly.

So without further ado, my photos! I've spared you my butt crack and opted for the shot that Nicola so kindly cropped for me.

I consider My Boudoir to be the gold standard of Boudoir photography. I've perused numerous other photographers but none cut the mustard quite like Nicola! Yes, she edits the images but I don't have an issue with this as I see it as a final polish. It's not like I'm being made to not look like me anymore like some other editors do.

My Boudoir's make over and photoshoot packages start at £300. Keep an eye out for special shoot day offers by following their Facebook page.

So that's one thing checked off my bucket list! 
Thanks for reading 

Wednesday 11 February 2015

Pour Moi? The Valentine's Day Edit 2015

But a few days from now it will be upon us. The day singletons loathe, those spoken for panic about; Valentine's Day. I've never been a fan of lingerie for lingerie for the sake of seduction but I realise some of you might and admittedly I have found myself lusting over a number of styles a little less practical for everyday use, so here's my top 5 for Valentine's Day 2015 by lingerie brand Pour Moi? I know they don't come in my size, but a girl can dream (and sister size) right?

5. In at number 5 is the flirty Indulgence range. With it's pink base and black mesh overlay it's both feminine and sexy. What's more, this set in on sale! Prices listed below are correct at the time of publishing.

Indulgence -matching items also available
Padded Bra £12.00 Sizes 30 D-F, 32 B-F, 34 A-F, 36 B-E
Suspender Belt £8.00 Sizes S-XL
Thong £6.00 Sizes 8-16

4. A luxurious addition to your lingerie drawer from Pour Moi? is the Treasure range. With tons of eyelash lace, satin and bows (gotta love bows, right?) you're sure to find something in the range even if the bra and basque don't come in your size (raises hand). Check out the super cute skirted thong!

Treasure- matching items also available. Also in Mink/Black colour way
Padded Bra £26.00 Sizes 30 D-F, 32 B-F, 34 A-F, 36 B-E, 38 B-D
Skirted Thong £18 Sizes 8-18

3. For a less typically sexy caged look, try the Forbidden range in its brand new colour way of Peacock, a bright peacock blue with a hint of pink lurking beneath. The Forbidden range features such details as bows and little keys and also comes in a more stereotypically sexy colour way of pink/black. The latter colour boasts a larger range of matching items such as a basque and suspender belt.

Forbidden- Matching items also available. Also in Black/Pink colour way
Half Padded Bra £28.00 Sizes 30 D-G, 32 A-G, 34 A-G, 36 B-G, 38 B-G, 38 C-G, 40 C-G
Brief £15 Sizes 8-18

2. The set that has grabbed my attention the most and had me daydreaming about is Addicted. Like Forbidden (above) is has that bondage-inspired caged look but is more strappy and comes in red, black and white. I LOVE this set in red! The bra is a half cup unpadded and features a tassel-ended bow at the gore. 

Addicted- Matching items also available. Also in Black and White.
Half Cup Bra £28.00 (£16.00 on sale in red only) Sizes 30 D-G, 32 B-G, 34 B-G, 36 C-G, 38 D-G, 40 D-G.
Suspender £16.00 (£9.50 on sale in red only) Sizes S-XL
G-String £12.00 (£7.20 on sale in red only) Sizes 8-16

1. And finally in the top slot, the beautiful Boudoir range! In nude mesh with black floral motif this range oozes sensual decadence. The range features two bras, one sheer unpadded (first pic), the other is a half padded (second pic) with a sort of cage look but done more elegantly with a sheer black mesh. It's divine! I love the burlesque look this set has with the flora motifs reminiscent of tasselled pasties.

Boudoir- Matching items available
1st pic:
Unpadded Bra £28.00 Sizes 30 D-G, 32 B-G, 34 B-G, 36 B-G, 38 C-G, 40 C-G
Suspender Belt £20.00 Sizes S-XL
Thong £12.00 Sizes 8-16
2nd pic:
Half Padded Bra £28.00 Sizes 30 D-G, 32 B-G, 34 B-G, 36 B-G, 38 C-G, 40 C-G
Brief £15.00 Sizes S-XL

Since none of these bras are available in my size I can't give any fit advice, but I will be reviewing a set in my sister size of 30G in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled!

Whether you're spending it alone or with your significant other, have a lovely Valentine's Day and don't forget to treat yourself too!